“I am glad with what I am hearing here today; very glad. If they push you, push them back. If they slap you, slap them back.”
Those were the words of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, while speaking at the mega rally of the APC at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s legislative rerun in Rivers State.
He described the rerun elections as “the beginning of a rescue mission” and encouraged APC supporters not to be intimidated by their opponents.
He said: “I am very pleased with the turnout here today. It shows you are truly ready. As you can see, we came in force. The whole federal might is here. You have the governors of this nation here today.”
SzzHe added, “We are sending one message, and that message is clear. It is that we respect you the people of Rivers State. We respect the courage of our members in this state. We want to let you know that we have heard your cry; we have seen your anguish; enough is enough. This is the beginning of a rescue mission.
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The Chairman of the APC Election Campaign Committee, Alhaji Mohammed Ganduje, urged the APC supporters in the state to take cover whenever they were shot at.
The Kano State Governor urged the APC supporters in the state not to hesitate to shoot back at their attackers during the election.
But the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, disagreed with Ganduje over his comments on the election.
Wike, who spoke through his Commissioner for Information, Dr. Austin Tam-George, said Ganduje’s call on the APC supporters to take cover and shoot was a way of inciting violence in the state.
“This is a shameful and egregious invitation to violence by the Kano State Governor,” Wike said.